Josh Bowsher reviews Ivan Ascher’s Portfolio Society in Cultural Politics. Click here to learn more about the book. Click here to read the full article. An excerpt appears below.
“Ivan Ascher is a social theorist whose current project is concerned with the continuing relevance of Marx’s and Weber’s work to the critique of contemporary capitalism. As part of this project, Portfolio Society draws on a (re)reading of Marx to critically analyze the constitutive role of finance in the social world. In this respect, the book is situated within a growing literature that has emerged in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crash, which has tasked itself with exploring the ways in which finance shapes both society and the individual. ”